Hockey fans! It’s Saturday, which means that it’s time to hand out this week’s awards on STATurday! On a sad note, the awards for possession are going to be discontinued starting this week, which included “MINE!” “Pass to nowhere,” and “Possession” awards. We are, however, working on introducing new ones for you to enjoy every week!
Sharpshooter Award – Individual: Awarded to Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, for finding the back of the net 4 times this week.
Sharpshooter Award – Team: Awarded to the Anaheim Ducks, who as a team, put 17 in the back of the net this week.
“Defense?” Award: Tie between the Anaheim Ducks, and the Colorado Avalanche, both of which surrendered 16 goals this week.
Teammate Award: Four-way tie between Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mike Santorelli of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, and Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks, all of which found teammates for the helper 5 times this week.
“Get on the ice” Award: Awarded to Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who held a plus-minus rating of +7 this week.
Bad Omen Award: Awarded to Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche, who held a plus-minus rating of -7 this week.
Stalwart Award: Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Eddie Lack posted shutouts in the only game they played this week, but this one is awarded to Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders, for posting a GAA of 1.31 this week in a larger sample size.
Reflexes Award: Though eight different goalies posted a better save percentage than the winner this week, this one is awarded to Antti Raanta of the Chicago Blackhawks, posting a .951 save percentage in double the amount of minutes as the eight “statistically better” goalies.
Leaky Award: Awarded to Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche, for holding a GAA of 5.24, and Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks, for surrendering 15 goals this week.
Third Stringer Award: Awarded to Justin Peters of the Washington Capitals, who posted a save percentage of .727 this week.
Sin Bin Award – Individual: Awarded to Cody McLeod of the Colorado Avalanche, who spent 21 minutes in the penalty box this week.
Sin Bin Award – Team: Awarded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who spent a grand total of 68 minutes in the penalty box this week.
Ice Pack Award: Four-way tie between Radko Gudas of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues, Michael Stone and Zbynek Michalek, both of the Arizona Coyotes, all of whom sacrificed the body 12 times this week.
Crusher Award – Individual: Awarded to Tommy Wingels of the San Jose Sharks, who hit opponents 18 times this week.
Crusher Award – Team: Awarded to the Arizona Coyotes, who accumulated 123 hits this week.
Stick Tape Award: Awarded to Tobias Rieder of the Arizona Coyotes, who tested opposing goalies 17 times this week.
In-Game Practice Award: Awarded to Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks, who faced 113 shots this week.
3 Stars: Awarded to Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings (4 G, 2 A, +5, 12 shots, 3 hits), Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets (2 G, 1 A, +4, 10 shots, 3 hits), and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning (3 wins, 1 shutout, 1.33 GAA, .947 save percentage).
Key Games this Week: With about a third of the season gone, this week will set up the upcoming holiday schedule. Look for a busy Saturday as a hot Vancouver Canucks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs, while a Central Division clash between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators occurs at the same time. The Boston Bruins look to make up ground in the Atlantic Division as they take on the Arizona Coyotes.